Thursday, October 31, 2013
After four years and 400 investigated institutions, an audit reveals 139 art objects in Dutch museum collections were stolen. It is suspected that the objects were taken from Jewish owners sometime during the Second World War. The institutions investigated received the art objects between 1933 and today.
Ten years ago, the first investigation was launched to look at institutions that collected works between 1940 and 1948. It is projected that over 650,000 art objects were stolen during the war.
Now, the heirs of the original owners are now permitted to file restitution claims with the Dutch Restitution Committee electronically at www.restitutiecommissie.nl.
See Pac Pobric, Nearly 140 Possibly Looted Objects Found in Dutch Museums, The Art Newspaper, Oct. 30, 2013.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.